Classic The first cut on John Daly's 2002 CD, My Life, was called I'm Drunk,
Damn Broke. Perhaps he should update it to I'm Drunk, Damn Broke, and I Lost My
Tour Card. The big fella (below) finished 193rd on the money list last year and
no longer has an exemption, so he'll have to rely primarily on sponsors'
invitations this year. He got one to the Honda, at which he'll join a field
that includes defending champ Luke Donald. Thursday and Friday, Golf Channel 3
p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, NBC 3 p.m.
Rafael Marquez vs. Israel Vazquez
You can't say these guys aren't dedicated. Last week Marquez (36--3), a
longtime bantamweight champ who is moving up to 122 pounds for the first time,
said he was willing "to give my life" for the WBC super bantamweight
belt. Vazquez (41--3), who has held the title since 2005, responded by saying
he was prepared to "die in the ring" to retain it. Showtime 9 p.m.
Lakers at Suns
Phoenix point guard Steve Nash is the front-runner in the MVP race, but he
won't be the only worthy candidate on the floor. Coming off an injury-plagued
season in which he appeared in just three games, Amar� Stoudemire (left) is
averaging 20.2 points and a career-high 9.5 rebounds for the Suns. ABC 3:30
In 1997 the Sabres let Ted Nolan, the reigning NHL Coach of the Year, go after
he clashed with G.M. John Muckler and superstar goalie Dominik Hasek. Though he
was just 39 when he left, Nolan (right), who was saddled with a reputation as a
G.M. killer, didn't coach again in the league until this season, when the
Islanders hired him. SI's Frank Deford sits down with Nolan to discuss his
exile. HBO 10 p.m.
Big East Tournament
Syracuse doesn't just want to three-peat—the Orangemen need to three-peat. With
an RPI in the mid-60s, the two-time defending conference champs are a bubble
team. To emerge victorious at Madison Square Garden and lock up an NCAA berth,
they'll need a big tournament from senior forward Demetris Nichols, the Big
East's leading scorer (18.9 points per game). (Through March 10) ESPN Check
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See Bob Weave
There's not much running in the wide-open Arena Football League, but that
hasn't discouraged Bob McMillen (above) of the Chicago Rush from making a
living out of ball carrying. The bruising (6'2", 255 pounds) back is the
AFL's career rushing leader, with 1,417 yards in 12 seasons. He's also led
three different teams to Arena Bowl titles, including the Rush, who won the big
game last year despite a 7--9 regular season record. McMillen and his teammates
will open the 2007 season (it's the AFL's 20th anniversary) by traveling to
Kansas City to play the Brigade, who went 3--13 last season as an expansion
team. ABC 12:30 p.m.